Goondi's soil conservation efforts in the spotlight
July 28, 2017
Pictured: Scott Sandow (centre) of Arrowfield, Goondiwindi, shows QMDC’s Cameron O’Neil, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Luke Hartsuyker, QMDC Chair Noel Strohfeld, Member for Maranoa David Littleproud, and QMDC CEO Geoff Penton a map of his waterways.
Goondiwindi landholders showcased the extensive work they have done to stop the region’s precious soils washing away down the Murray-Darling Basin with a high level Federal Government delegation on Friday (28 July).
Hosted by the Queensland Murray-Darling Committee (QMDC), the meeting brought together Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Luke Hartsuyker (who takes care of the Landcare portfolio) and Member for Maranoa David Littleproud with producers in the Yarril/Wyaga and Billa Billa Sub-catchments. (Read their Media Statement)
The tour took in large scale waterways and contour banks developed with help from QMDC’s Soil Conservation team by landholders Peter Jackson, Nareen, Tom Woods, Billa Billa, Mark Duffield, Tarraweir and Scott Sandow, Arrowfield.
QMDC CEO Geoff Penton said the day showcased the extensive soil conservation work that has been co-funded by the National Landcare Programme, the Queensland Government and landholders over the past ten years.
"Having the Federal Government representatives in the paddock helped to give an understanding of what long-term, stable funding arrangements with government can achieve at the larger landscape scale,” he said.
Mr Penton said, in total, the soil conservation works were extensive, covering just over 500,000 hectares of cropping land in the Border Rivers catchment alone.
“The Federal Government investment has been more than matched by land owners to achieve both on farm productivity benefits as well as environmental benefits such as improved water quality downstream.
“These catchments are a fantastic example of Natural Resource Management groups working together with Landcare and landholders to showcase what can be achieved when funding is consistent over many years.”
Mr Penton said there was more funding available for on grounds works in terms of reducing erosion and improving downstream water quality for 2017/2018, however, projects needed to be part of coordinated plan.
Tom Woods of Billa Billa enjoyed the opportunity to highlight the benefits of the investment and told the group the soil conservation works had been “very successful in terms of catchment management.”
“This little sub-catchment is right at the head of the Murray-Darling system and the investment has gone in to the land, not the people, at the end of the day this land works for, and produces crops, for all Australians,” Mr Woods said.
“There is a still work to be done but the waterways have been well designed and the uptake from landholders was good, it is a plan that is being implemented over several years,” he said.
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